Kausani: The Switzerland of India
Nestled in the lush mountain valleys of the Kumaon Himalayas, Kumaon is known for providing stunning 360-degree views of the snow capped Nanda Devi, Trishul, Panchachuli, and Nandakot peaks. The entire place is engulfed thick pine forests and meandering creeks overlooking the captivating valleys of Garur, Someshwar, and Katyuri, which very few places in the world can boast of. Due to all these reasons, this quaint little place is given the title of “Switzerland of India.
Kausani is spread across an area of only 5.2 square kilometres, at an altitude of almost 1890 meters above sea level. Kausani was previously known as ‘Valna’. This place is situated at a distance of 51 kilometres from Almora and now well connected to the near major cities roads.
Places to visit in Kausani
Kaushani is full of mesmerizing locations, which makes it a happy haven for peace lovers, adventure seekers and backpackers alike, such as:
- Anasakti Ashram
Anasakti Ashram is renowned for being the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent a little portion of his time in 1929, writing about his experiences of life. That’s why this ashram is also called ‘Gandhi Ashram’, and there is a museum with a library dedicated to Gandhiji. The museum demonstrates several life stories of Mahatma Gandhi through writings and photographs, along with his items, like the charkha.
- Rudradhari Falls and Caves
Located at a distance of about 12 kilometres away from Kausani on the way to Almora, the Rudradhari falls is an admixture of natural beauty and adventure. You can explore the place yourself to experience all the ancient things that are linked to the Hindu mythology.
- Dandeshwar Temple
This temple is one of the most important places to visit in Kausani because it houses Lord Shiva as the main deity. Although the idol is placed slightly away from the main temple complex, the temple of dandeshwar is a crucial part of the group of 124 temples in Jageshwar since it has the largest altar. This temple is a visual delight in true sense due to its picturesque landscape.
- Eco Park
The trails of the Kausani Eco Park are surrounded pine trees all around which adds to its lovely environment. The tourists can also spot a small temple perched atop a hillock after walking inside the park premises for around ten minutes.
- Kausani Tea Estate
The Tea estate of Kausani is situated only 3 kilometres away from the heart of Kausani, on the road to Baijnath. The sparse tea gardens are enclosed within a gate which also guards a small factory that extracts excellent tea leaves for consumption and export. The factory is functional only during the leaf picking season and visitors can buy tea from here.
The valley of Someshwar is highly renowned for its highly revered temple. With Lord Shiva as the presiding deity, this temple has immense religious significance. Situated around 11 kilometres away from Kausani, this temple also offers some picturesque scenery all year round.
- Sarla Ashram
This ashram was founded Catherine, a disciple of Gandhiji, in 1946 with the aim of training the local women and enabling them to make a living out of doing community work. She was lovingly named ‘Sarla Behen the locals, and that’s where the ashram gets its name from. Also known as Lakshmi Ashram, this ashram functions as a day school that imparts education to girls.
- Sumitranandan Pant Museum
If you want to taste art on a whole different level, then Sumitranandan Pant Museum will be a place you can’t miss. This museum is dedicated to a famous Hindi poet of Kausani, and you can see her manuscripts, poems, awards, and all her creative works displayed here.
In addition to all these places, you can also visit some major attractions that are located near and around Kausani, such as:
The big town of Bageshwar located almost 39 kilometres away from Kausani, at the confluence of the Gomti and Saryu rivers. This place is home to the ancient Bagnath temples that are made out of stone.
Situated almost 20 kilometres away from Kausani, Baijnath has a rich composition of ancient temples in shikhara style of architecture that date from the seventh century AD.
Things To Do In Kausani
There are so many things for you to do in Kausani, like:
- Bird Watching
Kausani is home to over 50 different variants of birds like barbet, robin parakeet, woodpecker, forktail, and more. Due to their abundance, this place has become a paradise for bird lovers.
You can find some of the most enthusiastic trekking opportunities near, such as the routes to Bhatkot (12 km), Pinnath (5 km), and Burapinnath (5.5 km).
- Shop at Kausani Shawl Factory
The shawl factory of Kausani is actually an initiative taken the local people to elevate the employment opportunities and the growth of human resource management for the people of Kausani.
- Hiking & Camping
- Nature Walking & Village Tourism
- Museum Visit
Experience the sunrise or sunset over the Nanda Devi
Best Time For Visiting Kausani
Kausani is ideal for winter getaways, especially for Christmas and the New Year’s weekend, because this season boasts of the most awe inspiring views of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks.
The winter months of November to February bring in a lot of chill and snow, which is perfect for relaxing. The chances of snowfall remain the highest in January and February.
But that doesn’t stop you from visiting this beautiful hill station during the summer months. The months of April to early July experience a maximum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, which is perfect for escaping the scorching heat of the cities. Moreover, you’ll be greeted chirping birds in the morning and the breathtaking views of the mountains will calm your soul.
However, the monsoon months of July to September are tough to manoeuvre, just like the rest of the Himalayan hill stations. This is mainly because the hills are susceptible to soil erosion and landslides due to heavy rains.
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